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2nd Annual Hallowiener


Happy Halloween! (Reformation Day to all the Lutherans) :cool:

Each year on the 31st our crescent comes together to host an event affectionately called the “Hallowiener”. We sell hotdogs and a drink for $5.00 and donate all the proceeds to a cause. This year it was supporting the Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan. It’s great to help out because any money given the government will match. This year we raised over $600.00 and sold a pile of hotdogs! Thanks to everyone who came out and helped out! :D


Hot, Hot, Hot!


On the weekend I had a career highlight as a photographer! I was honoured to tag along with the Oxbow Enniskillen Fire Department on a training session. An old farm house was available for a controlled burn. This kind of exercise is invaluable for firefighters as they get to practice in a real world setting but without the real world risk of having to rescue anyone inside.


The burn was done in stages. Simulating the fire starting in a living room and a kitchen and eventually the entire house. Tagging along as the photographer allowed me to get some photos that would be impossible to get in a real world house fire. I was suited up for the experience in fire pants, jacket and helmet. But nothing could have prepared me for the extreme heat of that fire.


Up until now I have always had grandiose dreams of grabbing my kids and carrying them out of a burning building if it should ever happen to us (God forbid!) But let me tell you, I was on the opposite end of the house when the fire broke out, taking pics as the firefighters entered. The wall of heat was so intense, the smoke so horrific that you couldn’t see or breathe! It is all manor of awful scary. The conditions that our firefighters endure for our safety cannot be overstated. These men (and women!) are your real heroes! Say thank you, buy them a coffee or a meal any time you can!


In the midst of the seriousness, there was also fun too. One highlight for me was getting a three generations firefighter photo. That is something you don’t see everyday. It is a rare and awesome thing to see! Three generations of heroes!

This was such an amazing experience! It reinforced in my mind fire safety. Make sure your smoke alarms all have fresh batteries and are in good working order!


Take a look at the gallery of images here. It’s only a handful of the shots I took, but I have tried to visually tell the story of the day from beginnings of the fire all the way up until the house was completely burned. There were loads of great candid moments throughout the day and I was super thankful for the opportunity!

Live Nativity 2014


So this year we finally got to have our Live Nativity. We tried seven years ago and it was an insufferable -50ºC with the windchill.  Henceforth and thusly, we wussed out. I always said that if Baby Jesus had to be born in Saskatchewan in December, He would have passed on it! LOL :cool: We had better weather this time around, but not too splendid. Heinous East wind which made -10ºC feel a whole lot colder. But it was worth it! The kids were super cute, the animals were a riot especially when the sheep took off down Main St.! It was fun to have more things going on for the town Christmas Tree light up. And, because I’m a Pastor, it was super awesome to present the real meaning of Christmas: That God has become flesh and dwelt among us! It is a message that is ever being eclipsed by seasonal consumerism and politically-correct wish-wash. Not us though. No sir! We’ve got the real deal Christmas message: Baby Jesus was born of a Virgin to bring forth the salvation of all mankind! #BooYa! That’s a Christmas message I can get behind. Born to set us free from death and sin Jesus was. Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

We had the shepherds, the sheep, the angels, the wise men, the holy family n’ all. And, we served hot chocolate & apple cider! :) It was such a joy to give witness to Christmas, sing some carols and freeze our hands feet butts nards tails off all at the same time! :D We’re hoping this can become an annual part of the town festivities.




We had another all-star wedding the other day. The weather held out for us beautifully, the bride and groom and the wedding party were great! And, above all, we had a lot of fun! Some of my favourite shots came during the dance. The hall was decorated with beautiful chinese-lantern style balls. They make for awesome light modifiers when we put a speed light in one. Very cool. But my favourite wedding dance photo technique is the really slow shutter speed with flash firing on second curtain to freeze the exposure. It gives the photo a sense of movement, but there is enough in sharp focus so the eye has something to rest on. Tons of fun! :cool:





Wedding Season Heats Up



In the midst of crazy summer storms, there are cool photos to be had! Next step: tornado in the background. LOL Congrats to Derek & Stephanie!

The Lion, The Bear, The Fox


House concerts are becoming our thing as of late. We got to catch The Lion, The Bear, The Fox in the booming megapolis of Grenfell, SK on Friday night. They were good. They could really harmonize well and their songs were really deep and chock full of substance. No fluff here folks. These dudes all came from the school of hard knocks and that is depicted in their music.


Tatum Duryba of Paper Moon Photography hosted the concert in her photo studio. The cozy venue really makes for a cool concert environment.

And, the Bear played a Gretsch. And that is 100% awesome.

20140620-LBF-002Here’s a YouTube vid of them:




This past week on June 12 the outdoor classroom at OPHS was dedicated to our dear friend and neighbour Megan Fonstad. She lived to teach, was dedicated to the new school project in Oxbow as well as this outdoor classroom, and her funeral took place at OPHS. The dedication was well attended by family and friends who have not forgotten how awesome Megan was and all that she did for her community and school. Memory Eternal, dear friend!

Arcola Grad 2014


It’s that time again! Graduation is in the air and excitement abounds! I was covering grad up in the great town of Arcola, SK on Friday of last week. It was the first real day of hot sun we’ve had in all of 2014. Needless to say, I was as red as a ripe hothouse tomato afterwards. :cool: The weather was beautiful though and I was grateful for that. They raise ’em right up in Arcola, let me tell you. Both Quinn & Julian were gentlemen through and through. They were fun to photograph, had awesome families and gorgeous escorts! There is nothing more that a photographer could ask for. I was totally spoiled. :D




I covered the Oxbow Dance dress rehearsal photos last Friday.  It was pure awesome as it always is. The kids are ridiculously cute! :) Miss Halynne does an absolutely remarkable job getting the kids into recital ready shape. In what must be like herding cats when it comes to the tiny tots, they all do their routines marvellously well! The rehearsal shots were fast and furious. We had an enormous turnout of parents who wanted individual shots of their dancers. I thank everyone for their patience as we proceeded with the photo shoots.  The discs are all burned now and ready to be delivered. Everybody is also getting a copy of their child’s group shot included free of charge.  Free is good! :cool:

Palm Sunday 2014


I’ve been off the hook busy the last couple of weeks! Mainly getting ready for Easter. I haven’t had time to fire a shot! Boo. Hiss. But today, as we celebrated Palm Sunday in Church I decided to throw in my X100s (which has been taking a break since I got the Df) and bring it along. I nabbed the following shot of the Palm Sunday Procession as the kids walked in front of me.


For the silhouette above, I used a simple 2 speed light setup and cranked all the levels in Lightroom. I love how the image captures the distinctive Palm branch shape. :cool:

And for good measure, because we all love being green, a close up of the palms. I should have taken the photos as soon as we got the branches on Thursday. They withered substantially in a very short period of time! hehheheh. Oh well, there’s always next year.20140413-PalmSunday2014-001


So that’s it. Quick blog post. But exciting news will follow in the next little while. Until then, we get ready for Easter! :D

The Triumphal Entry

“The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” (John 12:12-13 ESV)


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